How can I find the Parcel Identifier (PID) for a property?

You can search for a PID using ParcelMap BC, the LTSA's online map of active...

What is a Parcel Identifier (PID)?

A Parcel Identifier or PID is a nine-digit number that uniquely identifies a parcel in the land title register of in BC. The Registrar of Land...

Why can't the land title office give me legal advice?

Land title staff are unable to advise on legal rights or actions associated with land titles and charges. The Registrar of Land Titles and staff...

How do I know which land title district my property is in?

View a map of the Land Title Districts in BC for more information.

What is an example of a legal description of a parcel of land?

There have been at least nine different survey systems utilized in BC and each describes land in a slightly different manner or format.


Service Notice: Restricted Access to Land Title Offices

In order to protect the health and well-being of our employees and customers, the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) is restricting access in all Land Title Offices to only its employees, direct access pass holders and Registry Agents until further notice.

Land Title Office front counters are closed; all other office operations continue as usual. Access the COVID-19 practice materials and resources here and follow our Twitter account for updates.

The LTSA cannot process requests for records by telephone or email or conduct research on your behalf. 

A State of Title Certificate is a copy of the title that is certified correct at the time of issuance by the land title office.

Why Request a State of Title Certificate

You may need a State of Title Certificate for your property for several reasons:

  • To confirm the registration of a change to the registered title, when:
    • Buying or selling a property.
    • A mortgage is paid off.
    • A registered interest has been created or modified.
  • In support of an application to court.
  • For your personal records.

If you are unsure if you require a State of Title Certificate, consult a professional.

Register for a myLTSA Explorer Account

myLTSA Explorer is a single-user account that is ideal for customers who wish to order a limited number of land title records each year.

myLTSA Explorer allows you to:

  • Request State of Title Certificates, registered titles, documents and plans
  • Search by:
    • Parcel Identifier (PID) or title number
    • Document and plan number
    • ParcelMap BC Search
  • Pay by credit card

To complete the online registration form, you will need to enter your contact information including an email address. Once the login process has been completed, you will immediately be able to request titles, State of Title Certificates, documents and plan images. Learn more about myLTSA Explorer or register online.

Hire a Professional to Assist

Registry agents and other professionals can electronically request a State of Title Certificate on your behalf. They can also assist with interpreting it. When you hire a professional, they will provide you with an estimate of fees owing.

Request by Mail

To submit a request:

  1. Know the complete legal description of the property, including the property's nine-digit Parcel Identifier (PID), which can be searched for on the BC Assessment website or found on your property tax assessment notice
  2. Send a PDF icon Request Form for State of Title Certificate, duly completed with a full legal description
  3. Pay the Certification fee for each State of Title Certificate

Additional Information

At a Land Title Office Counter

  • Land title office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for State of Title Certificate requests

  • Payment is by debit, Visa, MasterCard, cheque or money order
  • Cash is not accepted

By Mail

    • When completing the State of Title Certificate form, type or print clearly in dark ink on standard letter-size paper (8.5” x 11”)
    • Fees are payable in Canadian funds by cheque or money order payable to: Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia
    • Do not mail cash